A British business is replacing glass wine bottles with a one-of-a-kind paper substitute and introducing it to the US. Frugalpac creates and sells paper wine bottles in an effort to help decarbonize the beverage sector.
“The overall carbon footprint on a paper bottle is much, much lower than on an equivalent glass bottle, and we believe it’s up to six times lower,” Frugalpac’s product director JP Grogan.
The Frugalpac bottle weighs less than 3 ounces, which is nearly five times lighter than a traditional glass bottle, saving fuel and emissions during transportation. Because each bottle begins its existence flat-packed, more of them may be carried at the same time.
The pre-cut recycled cardboard is processed in their plant in Ipswich, southern England, using a custom-built machine that bends and folds the paper into the shape of a bottle and inserts a plastic bag to retain the drink.
Grogan argues that the new format has no effect on the wine’s flavor.
“We tested with vodka after some of our customers tested with wine.” “No one has been able to tell the difference between our products and a product stored in a control glass bottle,” he explained.
Paper Wine Bottles: A Sustainable Choice with a Limited Shelf Life
However, wine packaged in paper bottles will not have the same shelf life as wine bottled in traditional glass. According to the manufacturer, red wine may be stored in its bottles for up to 18 months, but white wine only lasts around a year.
The Monterey Wine Company became the first American company to embrace the innovation this year. The California-based manufacturer acquired the assembly equipment, which will allow it to assemble the paper bottles for shipment in-house.
“Our partnership with Frugalpac has allowed us to get behind the scenes of how this bottle is made and find U.S. producers for the [card]board and supply the materials right here from the U.S.,” Shannon Valladerez of the Monterey Wine Company told CBS News.
Frugalpac hopes that the decreased carbon impact and distinctive shelf appeal of its paper bottles would persuade additional manufacturers across the world to adopt its concept and acquire their assembly machinery.
“The whole idea is that we locate the machine close to the beverage producers and simply limit the number of movements,” Grogan explained. “We put the machines in different locations and allow them to source components from their own suppliers.”